Kansas City Royals (15-8) at Minnesota Twins (8-15)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 30, 2021 at 8:10 pm (Target Field)
Brady Singer (1-2) (2.95) vs. Michael Pineda (1-1) (2.42)
The Line: Minnesota Twins -160 / Kansas City Royals +148 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Kansas City Royals and the Minnesota Twins meet in an AL Central division matchup in MLB action from Target Field on Friday night.
The Kansas City Royals will look to build on a 9-6 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in their last matchup. Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with a .286 batting average and 26 hits with 3 home runs and 15 RBIs while Carlos Santana has a team-high 5 home runs with 19 RBIs and a .364 OBP this season. Salvador Perez also has 5 home runs with 13 RBIs while Jorge Soler has a team-high 7 doubles and Nicky Lopez has a pair of triples. Brady Singer will start here and is 1-2 with a 2.95 ERA and 25 strikeouts this season. In his career, Singer is 1-2 with a 5.52 ERA and 9 strikeouts against the Twins.
The Minnesota Twins will look to build off of a 10-2 win over the Indians in their last game. Nelson Cruz leads the Twins with a .338 batting average, a .378 OBP and 18 RBIs with 7 home runs while Byron Buxton has a team-high 8 home runs, 14 RBIs and 8 doubles as well as a team-high 28 hits on the year so far. Michael Pineda is expected to get the start here and is 1-1 with a 2.42 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. In his career, Pineda is 5-6 with a 4.21 ERA and 62 strikeouts against Kansas City.
Kansas City is 5-0 in their last 5 division games and 6-1 in their last 7 games overall while the under is 7-0-1 in their last 8 games following a win. Minnesota is 2-7 in their last 9 home games and 3-13 in their last 16 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 home games against a right-handed starter. The under is 12-3-1 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings between the two in Minnesota.
I get the case that you could make both ways, but truth be told I think my free play is the under here. The Twins have not lived up to the lofty expectations that you’d expect for this roster while the Royals have been involved in some low scoring games as well and have an up and coming pitching rotation. In a game that I could see finishing at 7 or less, give me the under.